Hunter's big swell unearths dead whale

Buried whale uncovered

Chaotic weather has also unearthed a whale which washed up at Bar Beach two years ago to the day.

Waves and wind uncovered the body, which was buried at the beach’s southern end, in mid-2010.

A council statement said the remains are expected to be reburied tomorrow morning after the swell subsides.

Walkways in the areas are closed and people have been urged to avoid the site for safety reasons.

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Clean up continues after wild weather

LOWER Hunter State Emergency Service crews remain busy cleaning up after a night of wild weather.

Fifty four calls for assistance were received from Monday night to this morning.

The majority were for fallen trees, leaking roofs and minor flooding.

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Video filmed and produced by Dean Osland

Winds of up to 120km/h were recorded during Tuesday night.

Some properties near Bobs Farm were at risk of inundation has a result of the spring tides.

‘‘We still have a few crews out finishing off this morning,’’ SES Incident Controller Jodie Sherlock said.

Meantime, due to the high tide, Newcastle City Council will be closing Shortland Esplanade from the roundabout at Nobbys to Newcastle Ocean Baths from around 5.30pm tonight until further notice.

Do you have pictures or video of the storm or its aftermath? Email news@theherald.com.au

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